April 14, 2024
Ahmed Tejan Janneh (born December 21, 1990) know by his stage name (AJ MONEY ) is a Sierra Leonean singer, rapper, songwriter, and music producer. The name AJ MONEY was coined from his name Ahmed Tejan Janneh, AJ MONEY developed his love for music at the tender age of ten and began writing songs at the age of fifteen. He gets his inspiration from his environment and his life experience. His versatility means that he is not boxed into producing any or some form of music because he is capable of producing any style of music. However, most of his songs fall into the genres Afro-pop, Hip-hop, and Dancehall.
AJ MONEY is a musical talent with the triple threat abilities of writing, singing, producing and performing. AJ MONEY style of music is unique and involves blending English, Kerio and indigenous lyrics with sweet melodies. His music conveys originality and conscious narratives, rare qualities in contemporary Sierra Leonean artists. In 2008 AJ MONEY came to the United States to forward his education. He graduated from northeast high school in Philadelphia Pennsylvania and was accepted in peen state’s universities and play for the mens soccer team. His career took off seriously in the year 2010 when he decided he was going to take up music full time.

Lisa: Define the mission of AJ MONEY.

AJ MONEY: The mission of AJ MONEY is to inspire and motivate young people, who struggled or suffer from toxic relationships and drugs abuse.

Lisa: Your music is mostly influenced by Afro-pop, Hip-hop, and Dancehall. Who are your greatest influences in these genres, and why?

AJ MONEY: For Afro- pop, wizkid and Burna boy is my greatest influence and for HIP-HOP Tupac and Drake, and for dancehall, Ill say Vybz Kartel  and Mavado. The reason why I chose these artists is because of their struggle behind their music and the stories they are telling on their music that’s what influences me

Lisa: Do you get creative blocks? If so, what do you do to move past them?

AJ MONEY: Yes I do get creative blocks sometimes, and when I do, I learn not to stress about it.

Lisa: Your latest release “My Own Money” is awesome. What inspired you to write it?

AJ MONEY: Thank you, well the inspiration came from my life experience, where I find people depending on their parents, or relative wealth, instead of getting their own wealth.

Lisa: What types of change do you feel your music can initiate?

AJ MONEY: I feel like my music can initiate a more exciting experience filled with motivation.

Lisa: What is the most useless talent you have?

AJ MONEY: I don’t have any useless talents, I can point out or be aware of.

Lisa: How do you nourish your creative side when you’re not working? And how do you avoid burnout?

AJ MONEY: I nourish my creative side by reaching out and seeking advice from people with bigger audience experience, like promoters and bloggers. And I avoid burnout by not stressing out when they don’t reply or respond.

Lisa: Describe your approach to recording.

AJ MONEY: Always eager and happy to see the result when recording

Lisa: What non-musical entities and ideas have impacted your music?

AJ MONEY: Doing business as auto body technician, buying and sealing cars have been supportive links to my music

Lisa: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

AJ MONEY: Is a lot of fraudulent stuff going on in the industry and fake management that’s killing a lot of creative people career and I’ll love to change that in the industry

Lisa: What are you currently working on, and what’s next for you?

AJ MONEY: Well am work on a new trending style of music called amapiano. And for me right now, am working on featuring one big name in the music industry.

Thank you!

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